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by YES! Weekly staff

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Wednesday, Dec. 3

Wake Forest University Orchestra Brendle Recital Hall; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; 336.758.5364;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE Are you good like Martin Luther — or bad like Don Giovanni? The WFU Orchestra is presenting a concert based on the theme “sinners and saints.” The program includes Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, “Allerseelen” (All Soul’s Day) by Richard Strauss and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, which commemorates the 300 th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Augsburn Confession. Skip the basketball game (since you can’t get tickets) and enjoy this fine classical combat of souls. Thursday, Dec. 4

Dreams with Sharp Teeth: A Film About Harlan Ellison Weatherspoon Art Museum; 500 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.334.5770;; wine and cheese at 7 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m.; FREE Harlan Ellison is a legend in the world of science fiction. That means you’ve probably never heard of him. But seriously, for over 40 years Ellison has written or edited hundreds of fantastic books and stories, including the classic “Star Trek” episode, “The City on the Edge of Forever.” Dreams with Sharp Teeth compiles unaired interviews with the cantankerous author from the past 26 years and is narrated by Robin Williams. The film was brought to North Carolina by the Revolve Film Festival.

Friday, Dec. 5

Yes Carolina Theater; 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.; 8 p.m.; online tickets $35-$75 British progressive rock band Yes will be gracing Greensboro on their 40 th anniversary tour. Like many classic rock bands, from the decades of purple spandex and long hair, Yes has a variegated history of breakups, reinventions and reunions. Recently the band “disappointed” lead singer Jon Anderson by replacing him with a cover artist, while he recovers from acute respiratory failure. The concert is one of the biggest shows ever to come to the old Carolina Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Jaycees holiday parades

Downtown Winston-Salem; downtown Greensboro; FREE Everyone loves a parade, esoecially this time of year when the air is rife with festivities. The Greensboro parade begins at noon and winds through the downtown district, with hige inflatable characters and the NC A&T University marching band. The Winston-Salem parade begins at 5 p.m. at the corner of Poplar and 4 th Street and features performers from the Greater North Carolina Black Repertory Company, the Academy of Dance Arts and Positive Image Performing Arts, the Reynolds High School Jazz Band, the Acappella Ensemble and the beautiful Miss Central Carolina, A resourceful parade-goer could concievably make both.

Blues & Brews with Bob Margolin

Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St, Greensboro; 877.833.6753; www.; 8 p.m.; $20 in advance, $22 at door Blues master and Greensboro resident Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin on guitar, with a bevy of local beers, makes for a great party. Margolin has played old-school Chicago blues since his days with Muddy Waters. Historically Chicago blues amplified Delta blues with electric instruments, more jazz and more swing. Even alone on stage, this old white man will make you dance. Margolin also won the 2008 Blues Music Award for best instrumentalist.

Sunday, Dec. 7

17 th annual Winter Walk for AIDS Triad Health Project at War Memorial Auditorium; 1201 S. Chapman St., Greensboro; 336.275.1654;; checkin at 1 p.m., ceremony at 2 p.m., walk at 2:30 p.m.; FREE Rain or shine, it’ll be a nice day to walk for a great cause. The Winter Walk will follow a three-mile loop through Aycock Neighborhood, Fisher Park and downtown. Teams and individuals can register on the spot or online. The opening ceremony will honor Guilford County State Representative Pricey Harrison, who has strongly advocated for HIV/AIDS issues in North Carolina.

Monday, Dec. 8

Blues Jam Red Lion; 2107 Kirkwood Drive, High Point; 336.869.3737;; evening; FREE Some of the best local music is made at anonymous, spontaneous and free blues jams. The Red Lion’s popular and long-running Monday night jam is a great place to hear or play blues. The weekly session is hosted by Big Bump and Tim Buffington and features local hacks, visiting musicians and anyone with chops. Tuesday, Dec. 9

Gate City Santa 2008 Churchill’s on Elm; 213 South Elm Street, Greensboro; 336.275.6367; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; FREE The holiday economy may run on buying, but the Christmas spirit runs on giving. Bring all the toys you can spare to the Gate City Santa drive for the Salvation Army of Greensboro. Also enjoy a performance by Evan Olson and Walrus. Wednesday, Dec. 10

The Polar Express Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem; 390 S. Liberty St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.9111;; 10:30 a.m. members, 11:30 a.m. non-members; $3 per child/members, $5 per child/non-members. Stumble out of bed in your slippers and pajamas, fall asleep in the back seat of the car and wake up at the Children’s Museum, with a warm mug of rich hot chocolate. Lucky kids can enjoy this magical morning reading of The Polar Express. Parents may live